Barring the following unforeseen circumstances, Tom Renney plans to put his top unit of Michael Nylander, Jaromir Jagr, and Martin Straka back together tonight against the Senators:
I suppose I’m kidding, although if you’ve been following the ongoing saga of the Rangers this year, you know all of this has actually occured within the past month (and all involving the otherwise mild-mannered Nylander).
No, I don’t think any of this can be directly responsible for “the team’s mystifying six-game slide”:http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061229/SPORTS01/612290390/1046/SPORTS, but as with every other wrinkle of late, it certainly hasn’t helped.
A couple of other items:
If one of those moves makes sense while another leaves you scratching your head, I say welcome to the club. For all the supposed benefits that an enforcer like Orr brings to the lineup — Renney in the past has said “Orr provides a certain karma”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2006/11/28/casual-tuesday/ — I’m not sure we’ve really seen it come to fruition. Orr fights reasonably well, and is probably less a liability than he was before. But he’s still not worth a spot if the likes of Jagr continue to get hammered while more complete players — i.e. Petr Prucha or Jarkko Immonen — sit.